[ pah-stuh; especially British pas-tuh ]
/ ˈpɑ stə; especially British ˈpæs tə /


any of various flour-and-egg food preparations of Italian origin, made of thin, unleavened dough and produced in a variety of forms, usually served with a sauce and sometimes stuffed.

Origin of pasta

1870–75; < Italian < Late Latin. See paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pasta


/ (ˈpæstə) /


any of several variously shaped edible preparations made from a flour and water dough, such as spaghetti

Word Origin for pasta

Italian, from Late Latin: paste 1
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Word Origin and History for pasta



1874, from Italian pasta, from Late Latin pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste," from Greek pasta "barley porridge," probably originally "a salted mess of food," from neuter plural of pastos (adj.) "sprinkled, salted," from passein "to sprinkle," from PIE root *kwet- "to shake" (see quash).

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